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  China, alarmed by recent fires, sets EV safety tests
Bloomberg | 2019/6/18

China is ordering carmakers to conduct checks on electric vehicles after some made by Tesla and Nio caught on fire, spurring anxiety over the safety of battery-powered automobiles. Companies need to check for potential safety hazards with battery boxes, waterproof protection in vehicles, high-voltage wiring harnesses, as well as onboard charging devices, the country¡¯s industry and technology ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

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  U.S. denies Tesla request for tariff relief on Chinese-made Model 3 'brain'
Reuters | 2019/6/13

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has denied requests to exempt Tesla Inc.'s Model 3 from 25 percent tariffs on its Chinese-made car computer and center screen. The U.S. Trade Representative's Office denied both requests in May 29 letters, saying they both concern "a product strategically important or related to 'Made in China 2025¡¯ or other Chinese industrial programs."
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  Trump: China will make trade deal, but tariffs ready
Reuters | 2019/6/10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to raise tariffs on China again if President Xi Jinping doesn¡¯t meet with him at the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Japan. Trump, indicating he expected China to reach a deal, said in an interview with CNBC that tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese goods would be enacted immediately if they don¡¯t reach a pact at the summit this month.

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  China slaps Changan Ford JV with fine for antitrust violations
Bloomberg | 2019/6/5

Changan Ford Automobile Co. will be fined 162.8 million yuan ($23.6 million) for restricting retailers¡¯ sale prices in the southwestern city of Chongqing since 2013, the State Administration for Market Regulation said. The fine marks the latest action toward a U.S. company as trade and other tensions between the two nations escalate, while adding to Ford¡¯s sales woes in China.
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  Two major cities relax limits on new-vehicle sales
Automotive News China | 2019/6/4

Guangzhou and Shenzhen, at the request of the Chinese government, have become China's first two major cities to ease annual limits on new passenger vehicles sold locally to boost weaker industry volumes.   This year and in 2020, Guangzhou will raise its annual new-vehicle sales limit to 160,000 from 100,000, while Shenzhen will increase its annual cap to 120,000 from 80,000, according to information on the cities' websites. 
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U.S. hikes tariffs on China-made auto parts, other goods
Bloomberg | 2019/5/10

The United States increased tariffs Friday on $200 billion in goods from China and threatened to impose more in the most dramatic steps yet to extract trade concessions, with U.S. President Donald Trump saying there¡¯s ¡°no need to rush¡± a deal even though the uncertainty is roiling markets and clouding the global economy.

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U.S. legislation aims to thwart China's EV dominance
Reuters | 2019/5/2

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to streamline regulation and permitting requirements for the development of mines for lithium, graphite and other electric-vehicle supply chain minerals, as part of a plan to offset China's dominance in the EV market.

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China mulls easing controls over new-vehicle licenses to spur sales, report says
Reuters | 2019/4/19

BEIJING -- China is considering plans to relax controls over the issuance of new car licenses in major cities to boost flagging auto sales, financial magazine   Caixin   reported on Wednesday, citing a draft document by the country's state planner.   

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  COMMENT
Why VW may become 2nd foreign automaker to gain control of China JV
Yang Jian | 2019/4/12

SHANGHAI -- Beijing last year pledged to phase out ownership restrictions on foreign automakers that produce light vehicles through joint ventures in China. Now, Volkswagen Group is likely to become the second global auto manufacturer after BMW Group to gain control of a joint venture formed with a local peer.   The partnership in which VW is seeking to raise its share to more than 50 percent is the one established with Jianghuai Automobile Co.   Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of  Automotive News China
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  Geely launches electric vehicle brand Geometry
Reuters | 2019/4/12

Geely launched a premium all-electric vehicle brand, Geometry, as it pushes ahead with plans to boost output of new-energy vehicles.    Geometry will take overseas orders but will mainly focus on the Chinese market and will introduce more than 10 EV models in multiple segments by 2025, Geely said Thursday.
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